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BTRC moves to adjust mobile call rates

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has made a surprise move to adjust mobile call rates which, if implemented, will increase consumers’ call expenditure by about 10 percent. At a Commission meeting on July 24, the regulator decided to propose a 40 percent hike in the minimum voice call rate within the same operator (on-net) and […]

The finance ministry has moved to make changes to the Banking Companies Act 1991 that would strengthen the grip of families on private banks. The amendment proposed to increase the tenure of the board of directors of a private bank from six years to nine years and accommodate four members of a family instead of […]

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The “verdict” was already known to all of us; the appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the High Court (HC) that the 16th Amendment of the Constitution is “illegal and unconstitutional.” In legal procedural terms, the apex court had rejected the appeal of the government against the HC verdict. The short […]

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The High Court on Sunday upheld death sentence for two of the convicts and commuted death sentence of four others to life term imprisonment. The court upheld death sentence for Rafiqul Islam Shakil, and Rajon Talukder. It handed down life term jail for Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, Emdadul Haque Emdad, GM Rasheduzzaman Shawon and Mir Nur-e-Alam […]

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The Supreme Court on Sunday gave the government two weeks more to publish the gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges. The six-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order following a time petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam in […]

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A Bangladesh national, who investigators say was recruiting young men from terror activities and providing them with logistical support, was arrested today from Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh. The man, identified as Abdullah, is suspected to be linked to the Ansarullah Bangla Team — a Bangladesh-based extremist group inspired by the Al Qaeda. Sources in […]

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About 40 per cent of the people in Bangladesh remain outside the power grid coverage. And even those who do have power connections, do not get an uninterrupted supply. The power infrastructure is riddled with glitches. And those with solar-powered home systems, have to pay exorbitant prices. The price of electricity is hiked at regular […]

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The government is set to launch a special project purportedly aimed at pleasing voters ahead of upcoming national polls slated to be held early 2019. Under the project, the lawmakers will be given Tk 30 million each to spend within two years in the name of constructing public toilets and tube-wells their election constituencies. The […]

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Generating adequate funds for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be a major challenge for Bangladesh as it may require around $ 928.48 billion worth of additional resources for implementing the 2030 development agenda. This was revealed in a recent report of the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission titled ‘SDGs Needs […]

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